Humminbird Ion Series, GeoNav is way more than back

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Peter Swanson’s astute take on Humminbird and the cruising possibilities for their 360 sonar technology (which works with the new displays described above):
    http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/electronics/humminbirds-360-imaging

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m in Geogia headed for a tour of Humminbird and some demos on the Chatahachee River but it’s 10 degrees colder here than in Maine!

  3. Tom says:

    Great write up Ben. I am a huge Humminbird fan, and it’s great to see new technology coming out. AutoChart in combination with the new displays is going to be crazy fun to experiment with.

  4. John says:

    Hi Ben,
    I’m trying to find out if the DownImaging is a separate pair of crystals to the SI, making it 3 pairs, like that of the Lowrance LSS-2 transducer, or is it DI from SI like with the current 1100 and 900 series SI units?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi John,
    I’m not positive but am pretty sure that at least the new Onix MFDs and Ion blackbox sonars use dedicated DownScan transducer elements. The Onix SI apparently comes with a XT-14-20-HDSI-T transducer but unfortunately I see no detail about it in Humminbird’s many transducer pages:
    http://store.humminbird.com/category/267197/Transducers
    But I did get out on the water with Mark Gibson, the resident sonar genius at Humminbird, and he talked about how much better dedicated elements were at DownScan than synthesizing the output of two Side Imaging elements, which is apparently what they used to do. We also saw some beautifully detailed ONIX10ci SI SideImaging and DownScanning. 360 looked good, too, but not as HD as the others.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Ben, I will keep an eye out for the specs, but it sounds good.

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